We visited kids leaving this world because of cancer in PICU (pediatric intensive care unit) at CHLA-Children's Hospital Los Angeles on Sunset Blvd., we said "hi" to the children with horrible burns or getting new prosthetics for missing limbs at Shriner's Childrens' Hospital. We visited pregnant mums-to-be (my sister he hee) at St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica. We started out on our five year journey at Hollywood Presybetarian Hospital. We visited amazing kids who could only feel Indy and hear her at Florence Blend School for the visually impaired. Despite being blind, the kids would hold onto Indy's leash and walk her. They loved walking her. And Indy would never pull. She knew what to do. She was always very gentle. We visited at Kaiser Permanente and yes...Promises in Malibu. We went to different events at the OC Fair, the Special Olympics and even to Gold's Gym to have challenged kiddos play with dogs!!! Very neat stuff.
During the audition they asked me some questions and then they asked if Indy could roll over onto her back and have her tummy rubbed. On queue, bam, as the assistant approached Indy, she gets on her back for a belly rub!!!
The commercial was for PetSmart Charities that promotes the ADOPTION of dogs an cats from animal shelters. Would Indy do the commercial? YES YES YES. Indy, of course she said "yes." (I think she learned the fist-pump/paw-pump "yes" from me. He hee!!) I found Indy at an animal shelter (or we found each other) when I happened to go to Los Angeles Animal Shelter on Bundy. I adopted her immediately the day after Independence Day, 2002. She got her name because 1) she was 'rescued' the day after INDYpendence day. 2) She got her INDYpendence from the pound. 3) It's first come, first serve at the shelter, so I was rushing like an Indy race car driver to get her. Plus, I like names of dogs that end in "eee." Like Indy. Or Cali. Or Shiggy!!!!
Click here to read about Indy and me on the PetSmart Charities page. Thanks a bunch.